Denver columnist suggests Rockies could move on from former MVP

After sitting out Monday’s game with discomfort, Colorado Rockies player and former MVP Kris Bryant is drawing the ire of some in the Denver media.

Per Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

Injuries stink. But Bryant is aging in dog years. I just don’t see how it makes sense to keep him on the roster beyond this season.

Bryant signed a seven-year, $182 million contract before the 2022 season and has played in just 24 games this season after playing just 42 and 80 games in each of the past two years. Not only has he not been available, he hasn’t been productive. With the Rockies, Bryant is hitting .247 with just 17 home runs over these three partial seasons.

This comes after he made four All-Star teams with the Cubs and won the 2015 Rookie of the Year and 2016 MVP Awards.

After this season, Bryant has about four years and $104 million remaining. What options do the Rockies have?

1) They could trade him and eat a significant chunk of the money: A team could evaluate Bryant’s resume, but only if Colorado picked up the bulk of the salary. It seems unlikely that the small-market Rockies would pay someone more than $85-90 million not to play for them.

2) They could trade him and attach a good prospect to the deal: In 2020, the Boston Red Sox wanted out of David Price’s contract. In order for the Los Angeles Dodgers to take half of the contract, they also traded Mookie Betts. Could Colorado give up a solid prospect to let a team ‘buy’ a bigger chunk of Bryant’s contract?

3) They could DFA him and eat all but the league minimum.

4) They can keep him and hope he gets better.

The Rockies are currently 21-38 and own the second-worst record in the National League.

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